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Steelers Injury Report: JuJu Smith-Schuster full participant at practice on Thursday

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Smith-Schuster is progressing in the right direction this week after moving the wrong direction a week ago

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The Pittsburgh Steelers had their second practice of Week 16 as they prepare to take on the New York Jets. According to the Steelers PR Department, there was only one player who did not participate in practice on Thursday, none of which were due to injury.

Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had returned to practice the beginning of last week only to suffer a setback. After missing four straight games, Smith-Schuster was able to return to practice on Wednesday with limited participation. Progressing to a full participant on Thursday, JuJu is trending in the right direction to play on Sunday.

Tight end Vance McDonald is in the NFL’s concussion protocol after leaving the Steelers’ Week 14 game in the second half but was able to return to practice as a full participant on Wednesday. Practicing fully again on Thursday, McDonald is trending in a way to clear the protocol before Sunday.

Cornerback Artie Burns missed practice Wednesday due to illness, but was able to return Thursday. Tight end Nick Vannett missed Thursday’s practice due to illness.

One new player to the injury report Thursday was Joe Haden who did not practice due to a foot injury. It is unclear at this time the extent of Haden’s injury.

The other players who did not practice on Wednesday were due to a coaches decision. Mark Barron, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Alejandro Villanueva, T.J. Watt all returned on Thursday. Guard Ramon Foster was given his typical Thursday off.

As for the Jets injury report, it can be seen below courtesy of Steelers.com.

New York Jets Participation/Injury Report, Week 16

Thursday, December 19

WR Robby Anderson (Illness) - DNP

OL Tom Compton (Calf) - DNP

WR Demaryius Thomas (Hamstring/Knee) - DNP

S Jamal Adams (Ankle) - Limited

DL Henry Anderson (Shoulder) - Limited

OT Kelvin Beachum (Ankle) - Limited

CB Arthur Maulet (Calf) - Limited

DL Steve Mclendon (Knee) - Limited

CB Brian Poole (Concussion/Ankle) - Limited

RB Bilal Powell (Ankle) - Limited

DL Quinnen Williams (Kneck) - Limited

LB B.J Bello (Illness) - Full

S Bennett Jackson (Illness) - Full

CB Maurice Canady (Shoulder) - Full

QB Sam Darnold (Knee/ Left Thumb) - Full

QB David Fales (Right Elbow) - Full

DL Kyle Phillips (Hip) - Full

OL Brent Qvale (Knee) - Full

DL Nate Shepherd (Rib/Ankle) - Full

S Blake Countess (Ankle) - Full